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TE Connectivity Ethernet Switches

TE Connectivity Ethernet Switches with M12 Connectivity are unmanaged Ethernet switches designed for use in heavy industrial, rail, and other public transportation applications.

The switches are designed to be reliable in the harsh conditions they’re designed for while also providing future-proof performance. Switches are available with 5 or 8 ports supporting data rates up to 1Gbps and offer a dual input power supply for redundancy to protect against power failures. They can also be powered by PoE to save cabling cost and installation complexity.

The switches are available with optional bypass ports and in the event of a complete loss of power, these ports have relays that close to connect port 5 to port 6 and port 7 to port 8, allowing network traffic on these ports to flow to the next network node. There is also a relay output for remote status monitoring, and the switches comply with relevant 802.3 standards.

Deploying an ethernet switch in public transportation or heavy industrial applications requires a rugged design. M12 connectors are built for the toughest environment and ensure a consistent, reliable connection. The switch is shock and vibration resistant to EN61373 and IEC60068-2-27 and -2-6 standards and it complies with EN50155 international standards for electronics used in rolling stock.  It’s also protected against reverse polarity and overload currents.

The switch enclosure is IP40 rated, with the 8-port switch measuring 196mm x 125mm x 65mm, and the smaller 5-port switch measuring 178.2mm x 88.9mm x 55mm. TE also offers M12 cable assemblies for rail applications to complement the installation. Multiple input voltage options are available, including 12VDC to 48VDC or 57VDC as well as 72VDC to 110VDC.  To learn more about TE Connectivity’s Ethernet Switches with M12 connectivity for rail and other rugged applications, visit


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